North Korea expected to test short range missiles off east coast: Officials

By Admin - Wed Jun 24, 8:53 pm

news_Nkorea_32SEOUL ( 2009-06-24 17:40:56 ) :North Korea will likely fire short- or mid-range missiles in waters off its east coast from which it has banned shipping, a senior South Korean government official said on Wednesday.

The North has warned foreign ships to stay clear of an extensive area for 16 days starting Thursday because of unspecified military exercises. “I think so,” the official told foreign correspondents when asked if the North was preparing to fire short-range or mid-range missiles.

Yonhap news agency, quoting a government source, said the communist state would probably fire Scuds with a range of up to 500 kilometres (312 miles) or ground-to-ship missiles with a 160-km range into the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

Washington has said it is prepared for the possibility that the North could also fire a long-range missile towards Hawaii, perhaps on the July 4 US Independence Day.

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